Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle


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For anyone unfamiliar with the site always check the FRESHWATER, SALTWATER and TACK-TICS pages. The Saltwater page now extends back as a record of over several years of (mostly) sea fishing and may be a useful guide as to when to fish. The Freshwater stuff is also up to date now. I keep adding to both. These pages are effectively my diary and the latest will usually be about fishing in the previous day or two. As you see I also add the odd piece from my friends and correspondents if I've not been doing much. The Tactics pages which are chiefly 'how I do it' plus a bit of science are also updated regularly and (I think) worth a read (the earlier ones are mostly tackle and 'how to do it' stuff).

Lousy garfish.

I've been away for a few days but just before I went I had an early morning dabble in a local tide race. I stuck to the white EvoStix lure (with ridiculous coloured spots) that I'd used last time I fished there and again it survived the kelp and rocks to fish another day. As before my pal Mark had realised that the tides were about right for another go and this time he only just beat me to it. In fact he was tackling up when I arrived and since my gear is permanently set up I was actually the first to cast. As it happened the tide had not ebbed sufficiently for us to get to our favoured spot so we began by trying other minor races. Mark was using a soft plastic shad.

After a while (still in the dark) I had a slight knock and wasn't sure whether it was a fish until I reeled in to find that the lure had released from the hook. Pity it didn't hook itself. Ten minutes later I had another bite and this time the bass (round about three pounds) hooked itself firmly and was landed and released. Neither Mark nor I had anything else until it was light when I hooked another fish that turned out to be a tiny garfish. Somehow it had managed to release the big hook and catch itself under the chin. Anyway, it was a wonderful sunrise and we both enjoyed our short session.

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Mark casting into the race as the sun shows beneath the heavy bank of cloud.


A decent fish nicely hooked on my odd coloured EvoStix lure.

Tiny garfish.

Unlucky fish.  Note the fish louse on its gill cover.